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going to get serious? >> washington remains at odds. >> that is a bad strategy for america. it's a bad strategy for your businesses, and it is not a game that i will play. >> but the fiscal cliff still looms. cnbc has called on lawmakers to rise would have gridlock and reach a deal. now, we're beating down their doors. live from our nation's capital, this is a cnbc special report, "mission critical, rise above d.c." >> well, the stock market riding the ups and doups of the fiscal cliff negotiations. roger altman is former treasury official under president clinton. he says he's optimistic that a deal is coming. the question, of course, is when. joining me from new york is roger altman. always nice to have you on the program. let welcome back. >> hi, how are you? >> you think a chance of getting a deal will increase and harry reid says he's pessimistic that had t will get done before christmas. what do you think? >> the financial markets themselves are becoming more optimistic, and i think that's a strong signal. second, i think the atmospherics, and senator reid's statement is just part
had in the history of the country because if he does, that all of us here, all of us all over america, will be a lot better off. we all win if he wins, so let's understand politics are over. the election is over. it's been decided. he's it. mr. president, i want you to be the very best that's ever sat in the white house, but we now have to come to the issue of when we deal with our structural problem, and we have a very serious structural problem. what is it? >> spending. >> well, we need entitlement reform. take away social security from guys like me. raise my taxes. nothing will change in my life, and i speak for a lot of people i know. i say -- when i say i speak, i'm in the same position as a lot of other people i know. >> are you saying $250,000 group or 1 million group? this is the debate right now. >> no. what i'm saying is do something to not disturb the taxes that people at 250 and under are paying. leave them alone. now they are off the table because the president keeps saying what a horrible thing to force these people to pay higher taxes. there's got to be a creative legis
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